INSTEAD of the usual hot dog and bun meal, I like to make more of a main meal. It's a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes and the toppings can be varied. Best of all, it's kid-friendly and very easy to make to fit everyone's preferences.
Here's a juicy, delicious and savory meal in a bun! I make it for picnics, barbecues and tailgate parties, and it always gets compliments. To transport, wrap the hot dogs in foil and then in paper. —Peter Halferty, Corpus Christi, Texas
"This kid-pleasing combination was requested often when our children were young," assures Sandra Scheirer of Mertztown, Pennsylvania. "Now that they're grown, they like to make it for their families because it doesn't require any fancy ingredients."
Bring out the kid in everyone by preparing pigs-in-a-blanket with sausage links and refrigerated breadsticks. This old-fashioned finger food is a fun addition to a breakfast buffet. Or make a heaping plateful for a snack.
I came up with this recipe primarily because my husband loves hot dogs and I needed a break from standard fare using franks. It was an instant hit. Even I enjoy the rich taste.—Shirley Bradley, Wildwood, Florida
The whole gang will munch these "top dogs" up in a jiffy. "Mom and I make them for get-togethers," tells Donna Sternthal of Sharpsville, Pennsylvania. "Leftovers are no problem—there never are any!"—Donna Sternthal, Sharpsville, Pennsylvania